"Step Back From The Brink" UN Warns As Major War Looms After Overnight Gaza Airstrikes

In the third serious flare-up of violence in the last month, a major escalation began between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza overnight, which involved approximately 180 projectiles fired towards Israeli territory, and more than 150 Israeli airstrikes on targets inside Gaza, according to statements by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

Overnight strikes on Gaza. Image source: AFP/Getty 

A number of smaller scale and sporadic tit-for-tat incidents led to the start of the late Wednesday night massive exchange of rockets. These escalating incidents began Monday when an Israeli tank fired on a northern Gaza Hamas border post, killing two Hamas members. Israel claimed Hamas had fired on Israeli positions first, while a Hamas statement said the fighters had merely been involved in a military exercise and not an act of aggression against Israeli soldiers. 

Another Israeli tank attack followed on Wednesday in response to what the IDF described as shots fired at civilian workers constructing an underground barrier on the Israeli side of the border wall. After sunset, the first significant barrage of rocket and mortar fire was unleashed from Gaza on southern Israel, sending civilians in the town of Sderot and other close southern settlements running for shelters while alarms across the region sounded. 

Reports citing Israeli sources say of about 180 projectiles launched from Gaza overnight, the Iron Dome defense system intercepted over 30, while most hit open fields. However, official statements also noted strikes on playgrounds, houses, cars, and factories. 

“IDF fighter jets targeted over 20 terror sites in military compounds and in a Hamas training camp. Among the sites targeted were a weapons manufacturing and storage facility, a complex used for the Hamas naval force and a military compound used for rocket-launching experiments,” the IDF said Thursday morning.

The BBC reports up to seven Israeli civilians wounded by the rocket and mortar fire, with Palestinian health officials confirming the death of a pregnant Palestinian woman and a toddler. The AFP identified the victims as 23-year old Enas Khammash and her 18-month-old daughter Bayan, killed in the Jafarawi area of central Gaza.

During the daylight hours early Thursday it appears that rockets and airstrikes have ceased, however, warning sirens have continued to sound in various Israeli communities across the south of the country.

An IDF statement said the overnight strikes successfully targeted "over 140 of Hamas' strategic military sites." 

At least one Hamas militant has been reported killed in the fighting, and this is likely not the end of this current round of violence. 

Indeed on Thursday a senior Israeli army official warned that a full-blown confrontation is coming in the Gaza Strip while further suggesting the government is prepared to begin evacuations of settlements along the coast and in southern Israel. 

“We are rapidly nearing a confrontation,” the IDF senior officer said as cited by the Times of Israel. "Hamas is making serious mistakes, and we may have to make it clear after four years that this path doesn’t yield any results for it and isn’t worth it."

A separate Israeli military official said in an ominous sign of an escalating Israel-Gaza war to comeThe current round of violence “is definitely not over."

Meanwhile, a special United Nations envoy for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, condemned the voilence, saying in a statement, “I am deeply alarmed by the recent escalation of violence between Gaza and Israel, and particularly by today’s multiple rockets fired towards communities in southern Israel.”

Mladenov urged all sides to step "back from the brink" and restore calm.

Comments

Richard640 Last of the Mi… Thu, 08/09/2018 - 18:23 Permalink

HEEEEEY, STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPID-ALL U FUCKERS!

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GAZA COULD BE THE MOST PROSPEROUS ARAB AREA IN THE MIDDLE EAST....WELL, AT LEAST HAVE A GOOD LIFE FOR ITS CITIZENS--IF ONLY THEY WOULD WORK WITH THE ISRAELIS...JUST FROM EURO-SUNBIRDS IN THE WINTER--THEY COULD DO WELL...HOW FUCKING DUMB ARE THE HAMAS...BUT OH, NO, ALL THEIR AID INCOME IS SPENT ON TUNNELS AND ROCKETS AND JEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-HAD--ARAB MOO-SLEMS AND ARAB CHRISTIANS IN ISRAEL THANK THEIR LUCKY STARS THAT THEY ARE THERE...CHRISTIANS SAY ISRAEL IS THE ONLY PLACE THEY FEEL SAFE--

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BUT ALL YOU VERMIN GOTTA HATE THE KIKES...

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SINCE 1948 & UNTIL TODAY  ISRAELS LEADERS--IN PUBLIC FORUMS!!!!!!-- HAVE BEGGED FOR PEACE WITH THE ARABS-ALL THOSE YEARS ARAB LEADERS ONLY TALKED ABOUT PUSHING THE JEWS INTO THE SEA--HAD THEY LIVED IN PEACE WITH ISRAEL, THE MIDDLE EAST WOULD BE THE MOST PROSPEROUS REGION ON EARTH--

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WHEN ISRAEL BECAME A STATE THERE WAS MUCH SYMPATHY FOR IT AROUND THE WORLD--THE LEFT LOVED THE JEWS AS LONG AS THEY COULD WEEP CROCODILE TEARS OVER THEM AS VICTIMS--BUT ONCE THE "PEOPLE OF THE BOOK" STARTED WINNING WARS AND SHOWED THEY COULD BE WARRIORS, THE LOVE ENDED AND THE OLD ANTISEMITISM RE-EMERGED--

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THE 2000 YR 'TEACHING OF CONTEMPT" FOR THE JOO VIA THE KRISTIAN BIBLE AND PREACHING HAD DONE ITS WORK...GERMAN THEOLOGIANS SHAMEFACEDLY ADMITTED AS MUCH AFTER THE WAR IN 1945.

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NOW THAT EUROPE IS INFESTED WITH THE VERMIN [radical islamists], THE EUROPEANS UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ISRAEL HAS HAD TO DEAL WITH

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THE JOO AND HIS TORAH ARE A BLESSING UNTO THE WORLD-WESTERN LAW DID NOT DERIVE FROM THE GREEKS OR ROMANS BUT FROM THE JOOS--JESUS WAS A JEW, SO WHY NOT YOU?

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--GET A LIFE! LOOK DEEP, DEEP WITHIN YOURSELF-GET YOUR HEAD STRAIGHT BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE...

 

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Ristretto X4 Free This Thu, 08/09/2018 - 13:09 Permalink

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Free This Yellow_Snow Thu, 08/09/2018 - 13:17 Permalink

I think the 6-days war was due to thousands of tanks massed at their border, along with threats to wipe them off the map, an they kicked some ass.

I don't care about Israel, but that is the truth of it.

I think they could help the Palestinian's if they would stop lobbing rockets across the border, don't you?

You do know, if Israel wanted to, they could just wipe out the West Bank and Gaza at any time they wanted? Have they done so?

Just let the jews have their state and the palestinian's theirs...problem solved.

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DuneCreature Juggernaut x2 Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:32 Permalink

Now guys (or other). ... Can't we all just get along here?

Let's watch a movie and stop all the bickering. .. (You're bickering with an AI bot, BTW. .. You WILL NOT get in the last word in, in case you were wondering.)

This movie is from Bendromeda Strain

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